Four Tips for a Successful Worksite Wellness Program

The average worker spends nearly a quarter of their life at work, so good employers are always on the look-out for ways to make their employees’ lives happier, healthier and more productive. A worksite wellness program could be the key.

Offering worksite wellness is a systematic approach that includes assessing your worksite, planning wellness and implementing your efforts. In addition to happier employees, employers also benefit from a healthier workforce. The average return on investment (ROI) for comprehensive, well-run wellness programs is $3-$6 for every $1 invested.

Here are 4 tips to creating a successful worksite wellness program.

  1. Assess – A worksite wellness assessment involves learning about the overall health picture of your employees which can help in the future development of targeted strategies for what your organization needs. It is important to assess employee health from several perspectives using multiple sources of data. The assessment should include:
  • Evaluating current worksite environment, policies, and the wellness culture
  • Conducting an employee survey to identify employee interests and needs
  • Gathering existing data
  1. Plan – Once the assessment is completed, use this information to help prioritize and guide your Action Plan. The plan should include what programs, policies and environmental supports will be part of your worksite wellness program.
  2. Implement and evaluate – Once your action plan is completed, start putting it into action!
    Utilize local resources and evidence-based strategies found at hlaozarks.com to help you. Finally, demonstrate your success of your program through evaluation of employee engagement and improvement in employee wellness.
  3. Get recognized! - Don’t forgot to show off your hard work by applying for the Missouri Workplace Wellness Award.

Not sure where to start? The Springfield-Greene County Health Department offers guided program development to help employers implement worksite wellness. We offer an evidence-based health promotion approach with interventions and strategies to improve the health and well-being of employees. This free program includes assessing your worksite, developing an action plan, implementation and evaluation. For more information or to enroll, visit health.springfieldmo.gov/worksite or contact Julie Viele at jviele@springfieldmo.gov or (417) 864-2077.